Cake, Buxton Confirmed For First-Ever BestFest

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Robert Knight
Saucy rockers Cake and Houston's own alt-country insurgents Buxton are the first two acts confirmed for the inaugural Houston Press Best of Houston® BestFest, or "BestFest," the two-day festival scheduled for September 24 and 25 at the Midtown "superblock" between McGowen, Main, Travis and Anita streets, near the McGowen light-rail stop.

Timed to coincide with the 23rd edition of the Houston Press' Best of Houston® issue, due on newsstands September 29, BestFest will also feature several past Best of Houston® food winners displaying their wares, as well as graffiti artists and face painting. And plenty of beer.

Dripping with sarcasm and locked into a laid-back groove, Cake uncorked a long string of modern-rock hits from the mid-'90s to the early '00s, including "Rock & Roll Lifestyle," "The Distance," "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" and a chart-busting cover of Gloria Gaynor's disco anthem "I Will Survive."

The Sacramento-based band's heavy use of trumpet and acoustic guitars made them unique in the post-grunge era, and perhaps accounts for their unusual longevity. The group last visited Houston at Verizon Wireless Theater in April 2009; its latest album, Showroom of Compassion, was released early this year.

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Bryan Schutmaat
Originally from La Porte, Buxton became one of the most talked-about bands in the Houston area shortly after their 2008 Mia Kat LP A Family Light. The group built up a local and regional following as their folk-tinged sound steadily gained a rougher roots-rock edge, and Buxton signed to New West records in early 2011.

Shortly after BestFest, Buxton hits the road on a tour that swings through Georgia's Athens Pop Fest and New York's CMJ Music Festival in October, before taking on the West Coast in December. The group's New West debut, Nothing Here Seems Strange, is scheduled for release on November 8.

"Anything that highlights and celebrates the arts, food community and musicians in town is great for the city, and we're really excited that we get to be a part of that," says Buxton bassist Chris Wise.

BestFest's hours are noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. More acts will be announced on Rocks Off later this week (probably tomorrow). Early-admission weekend passes go on sale for $25 apiece at 10 a.m. Friday, August 12, at houstonbestfest.com.


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11 comments
Haha
Haha

Does it hurt you to just be a stupid messenger and know that I'll never love your brother's band as much as I do Buxton? I hope it does.

Christopher Conaton
Christopher Conaton

I think Cake is a great band and I've seen them live about 6 times, but John McCrea's diva behavior has at least partially derailed nearly every show I've seen with them.

Last time they were in town they played a two-set, no opening act show. The second set was completely derailed by the audience's lack of ability to guess what type of tree the band was giving away (apparently this is a thing they do. The person who guesses the tree correctly has to take it home and plant it and email the band pictures and updates about how it's doing). So instead of playing a full set I think we got a total of 4 songs and about 20 minutes of wrong guesses and John McCrea bitching at the crowd for not being able to figure out it was a pomegranate tree.

Craigley
Craigley

Cake - Houston - Long Line of Cars

Makes sense

Their new CD is a new level of sadness I dare not play again.  Hit me up if you want me to write the review for Rocks Off.

Kidpopular
Kidpopular

"Timed to coincide with the 23rd edition of the Houston Press' Best of Houston® issue"And the first thing you announce is that an out of town band will be playing? Really?

KING
KING

That's what's up.

John Seaborn Gray
John Seaborn Gray

Haha! Not at all, John. I think I'm the only one here who even remembers what you're talking about. Get well soon, buddy.

rocksoffsr
rocksoffsr

I can barely get out of bed in the morning. Oh wait, that's something else...

Stfu
Stfu

Jesus Fucking Christ,

When did it become so commonplace to be a cynical asshole?

Buxton is a local band, and their name is in the headline, isn't it? Chris must have done that for us "in-the-know" peeps, like you and me. And as cool as we may be, MOST Houstonians have absolutely NO idea who Buxton are, so Cake is on the lineup to attract more of an audience... and hopefully turn them onto Houston's music scene.

So yes, the announcement of a band that has no affiliation with Houston playing BestFest is indeed newsworthy and worth mentioning first and foremost. You may not like it, but it will attract an audience.

Last year, the HPMA's headliners included Matt & Kim who are an "out-of-town" band. Nonetheless, it was a great showcase, a lot of people had fun, and a shit-ton of local musicians were showcased.

So quit bitching for the sake of bitching.

NoU1981
NoU1981

The Best of Italian Food Fest is coming! Taco Cabana will be featured!Why not just call it a Cake show, with some local bands playing, too?

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